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Activities help for 10 year old boy - what does your son do ?

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lisalisa Mon 25-Jan-16 22:26:35

My son who's 10 suffers terribly from boredom . Not helped by the act that we are a bit girl heavy and lots of dancing and ballet going in - I'm not good at thinking of boys activities . Apart from the obvious martial arts , what other activities could he do out of school and particularly on Sunday's ? He trains with a footie team once per week but unfortunately isn't quite good enough for the team ( which is a shame as the matches would mean Sunday's sorted for him ) and has tried martial arts and doesn't like it. He's a very competent swimmer having had years of lessons and doesn't want a weekly swimming lesson anymore either.

All suggestions very welcome

Skiingmaniac Mon 25-Jan-16 22:28:41

My 9 nearly 10 year old DS loves swimming and trains with a club 3/4 evenings per week. He also does hockey at the weekends.

Skiingmaniac Mon 25-Jan-16 22:29:53

Other ideas might be:
An art club
Model making
Outward bound type stuff

Pippioddstocking Mon 25-Jan-16 22:30:54

Archery , fencing , climbing, orienteering , bmx biking , athletics club?

antimatter Mon 25-Jan-16 22:31:51

Cycling club

DancingDuck Mon 25-Jan-16 22:33:22

Scouts? Round here it's very sociable with loads of camps and days of outdoor activities.
Mini rugby? Both DC adored that at his age. Our local club trained on Sundays.
Tennis? Again, if he joins a club there are often tournaments or matches on Sundays.
Climbing wall?
Rock School if he fancies trying drums or guitar.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Mon 25-Jan-16 22:34:14

Scouts is brilliant, my DS has just moved up from Cubs and loves it.

But in your shoes I'd be trying to do things as a family, not trying to segregate more. We've started doing 'something' every Saturday afternoon, whether it's a walk, cycle, cinema, trip to the pool - it can be anything, the only rule is we all do it together (and I sneakily try to offer alternatives that involve outdoors and exercise most of the time). Just get out and be together, before the proper teenage years set in and everyone starts hanging out separately.

Theselittlelights Mon 25-Jan-16 22:34:38

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Robertaquimby Mon 25-Jan-16 22:37:09

You need to look and see what's on locally and give him a choice.

My ds is starting to go down to our leisure centre to play badminton and table tennis. He is also keen on the idea of parkruns although we haven't been yet. Does a lot of music and sometimes goes out cycling.

Could he just play football with some friends if he isn't good enough for a team?

wherehavealltheflowersgone Mon 25-Jan-16 22:38:21

My 10 y/o ds goes to park run every Sunday morning (2km run, free, nation wide), scouts, book club at the local library and the local cycling club

ineedaholidaynow Mon 25-Jan-16 22:41:36

Organised activities that DS(11) does includes scouts, tennis and hockey. We also go to a family badminton session.

As a family we also go walking (have a dog so need to go for a walk everyday). As part of our walk we may do geocaching, also DS is getting into photography so often brings his camera along.

lisalisa Mon 25-Jan-16 22:44:03

Thanks some great ideas here. Ds does like cycling so going to look at that if there s anything locally . I think he'd like scouts too so going to try that . He also loves badminton but round here the kids club starts at age 12

grumpysquash2 Mon 25-Jan-16 22:47:33

My nearly 10 yo DS does Cubs (will move to Scouts soon), swimming and music lessons (brass instrument & brass group)
He is not affected by anything his sister chooses to do.
OP, why is your son so bored? What does he do at home?
My DS has a computer and does lots of stuff on it, including watching YouTube videos and tutorials of how to do magic tricks (big passion of his)

clary Mon 25-Jan-16 22:51:06

That's a shame about the footie team - I would expect any decent team to at least give him part of a game every couple of weeks...

My DS2 is 12 but for a number of years has done Scouts, football, cricket (summer training and matches, winter indoor matches), gymnastics, athletics (track and field training and meetings in summer, indoor events and cross country in winter) plus he has piano and trumpet lessons. He also enjoys local am dram - panto etc which is usually fun.

Keeps him busy (it's the only way!).

Of those, winter footy matches, summer cricket matches and panto rehearsals are all on a Sunday. Also some of the athletics meetings. Luckily they don't tend to clash!

YY to other ideas - fencing, rugby, indoor rock climbing, yy to Parkrun, band if he plays an instrument?

mellicauli Mon 25-Jan-16 22:54:19

code club
animation classes

ineedaholidaynow Mon 25-Jan-16 22:57:09

You normally start scouts aged 10.5 but some groups will let them start earlier. Both Cubs and Scouts have a wide variety of badges to earn, which can involve quite a bit of work at home, which should help keep him busy. You can get more details on the UK scout website.

Some scout groups are very popular so you may need to put him on a waiting list.

MigGril Mon 25-Jan-16 22:57:44

I get that your looking for actives that your son will be interested in but these aren't just boys activities by the way.

Just to point out that if you have girls as well they may to enjoy cubs/scouts and cycling my daughter does these as well as dance. In fact cycling is a family support in our house. Great for all of us to enjoy together and the local club is fantastic. Look for your nearest Go-ride session they are normally very reasonably priced as they get a lot of funding for them.

ErgonomicallyUnsound Mon 25-Jan-16 23:01:51

Maybe try another football team where he could play matches?

My DS (12) plays for 3 teams atm. He'd play every day if he could. He also likes tennis, table tennis, cricket. He hates Scouts type things. Try stuff out, see what floats his boat.

But def shop around for another football club!

Micah Mon 25-Jan-16 23:04:55

Dancing and ballet?

No reason he cant do those if he wants.

Try not thinking in terms of "boys activities" and "girls activities", and think about ehat he will enjoy/be good at.

MigGril Mon 25-Jan-16 23:06:27

Oh and yes to triathlon, which my daughter also does as well. Especially if he's already a good swimmer, she does a proper training season every week with our club, takes up a good 2 hours lots of exercise.

I'm going my younger son will do a lot of these activities as he gets older. He's still a bit little yet not even old enough for beavers yet. But loves cycling.

BackforGood Mon 25-Jan-16 23:13:00

Cubs (until 10 1/2) then Scouts

Try another football team?

Something with his swimming - a water polo team? or Triathlon?

Water based sports - kayaking, rowing, sailing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, etc. etc. ?


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lisalisa Mon 25-Jan-16 23:30:09

Great ideas thank you all so much . Managed to find a badminton club for his age as well as cricket and a scout troup. Now need to wait for tomorrow to make those calls .

Ds would love to play footie in matches but round here all the teams seem fixed and no room for newcomers . I'll try a few other clubs just in case .

He lives cycling but I can't find any groups reasonably near us and nothing for juniors that he wouldn't have to have an adults help with . Triathlon sounds good but how are these organized and through whom ?

MigGril Mon 25-Jan-16 23:49:42

Our local cycling club is also a triathlon club, that's who my daughter does her training with. There are stand along triathlon clubs though, there are quit a lot round hear. Then you have to enter events.

My husband is into it so he does that, but a club would help you.

stugtank Tue 26-Jan-16 19:42:54

I think it's a tricky age. Becoming too old for toys but not quite old enough to organise your own life completely.

My ds is nearly 10 and does Cubs and piano lessons. I think exercise is important but he's not too keen on organised team things. So we walk or cycle or swim as a family most weekends.

He does love computer games but I try to limit these to weekends. It does force him to watch TV with his siblings or us during the week which I feel is important. Rather than screen time being a separate endeavor all the time.

I think a lot depends on their personality too. My ds is sensitive and introverted. I think group things are important but I respect his need to just read or listen to music on his own too.

Some people seem to think constant sport and weekend teams is the only way but like adults, kids this age are all different too.

Oh and some people also think being bored is akin to a terrible crime and have to be 'doing things' all the time. It's okay for kids to be bored. To think. To just be.

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